I have only been here once, on a date with my wife (one of those precious few we get as parents). It was a great experience, and we expect to return for our anniversary next weekend. It is the closest experience to an evening out in New York City as we've gotten since we left there, and I can offer no higher compliment than that. Terrific food, (not exceptional, but) alright service, and the best atmosphere in town. Kudos to the management and the team there.
After a disappointing anniversary dinner at a much-lauded downtown joint, my wife has decided 715 is our go-to restaurant for special dinners. Though any restaurant can have an off day, our food and service at 715 have been consistently good and more often than not it's been great.
The next time you're out on a weekend looking for breakfast/brunch, give 715 a try. Other places will have a wait time or no tables free, 715 has yet to be full to capacity. If only those people waiting 45 minutes for a table knew the quality of food they could get just down the street for similar money. Ok, a couple bucks more, but they're two dollars well-spent.
Lastly, I'm not much of a meat-eater nowadays, let alone fried meat, but their chicken-fried pork steak is incredible. Quality cuts cooked correctly are the reason I could never go vegetarian, and I have yet to be disappointed here.
And don't forget a squeezed-to-order OJ!
After all the good reviews, my husband and I chose this restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was a big event for us, as we have a baby and cherish any time we can get out of the house! However, perhaps our expectations were too high...because we did not enjoy ourselves :-( We ordered a sampling of 3 cheeses for an app. and before we had even finished tasting our 1st selection I saw that our entrees were up under the warmer. The waiter proceeded to hurry us through eating the cheese, at one point even saying "oh, just a few bites left"! He explained they were fast in the kitchen, but perhaps I've just watched too much Top Chef to expect a eatery of this caliber to know how to space courses. I even resorted to explaining to the waiter it was our anniversary and we have a baby so were looking to have a leisurely dinner...he said "dessert can be nice and slow". Anyway, my husband ordered the braised pork ribs (Tue. special) and I got the sausage/squash penne. Although mine was ok, at least edible but not a favorite, his meat was disgusting. This is a man who loves pork, who has been eating ham every day since Easter, and he described it as shoe leather. He even tried to resort to picking it up to eat it, after both the butter knife and steak knife wouldn't do. Still no luck. Braised? How about dehydrated??? The waiter didn't even blink when he took the nearly full plate away, never asking if we'd enjoyed our meal or if there was a problem. Any other time we'd probably have complained but wanted to just try and enjoy the romance of the evening, even if my husband paid $$ to cram in some cheese and a side of fried potatoes! Didn't bother to try dessert, just got some ice cream down the block that we knew wouldn't disappoint.
Not sure we'd be willing to give it another chance, both our time and money is too valuable these days.
I love coming to 715 for the $7.15 lunch special. The portion sizes are perfect. I have found myself dreaming about the ham and cheese panini. Absolutely amazing! The service has always been fantastic and friendly. And I love knowing where all of the ingredients are coming from and supporting small farms.
I came in based on a recommendation but not sure I can do the same. The back door was open creating a frigid environment for patrons. We were told it was needed for the smoke--shouldn't there be inherent ventilation for that issue? I can understand small (but exquiste) meal size portions, but if my drink was more than 2 ounces in volume I'd be shocked. Would really enjoy the prospect of having a mixed drink of both quality and volume, not one to the exclusion of the other. Finally, could there be a little more spacing between patrons, please?
Service was good with friendly, helpful staff. I think I'm addressing management / ownership issues in my review.
I had dinner at 715 one of the first times I visited Lawrence - now that I live here, it's still a favorite. Their $7.15 lunch is a happy, decadent escape from the rest of a weekday, and it's a great date night destination - tasty, interesting, conversation-worthy but not pretentious. Win all 'round.
This place is a rare find not just in Lawrence, but the entire region. When I tell my foodie friends I live in Lawrence, they ask about 715. Despite it's small size, it's reputation could fill Allen Fieldhouse.
Although I'm primarily a vegetarian, I'm comfortable eating the chicken here because the source of their food is right there up on the chalkboard. The fact I can actually go out to the farm and meet the farmer who raised my food is one reason why 715 is so respected--it's a localvore mecca (or would that be Vatican city?).
If you don't try their 715 lunch special, face palm yourself now. It's probably the best deal in Lawrence. A satisfying soup and pizza meal for about the price of some buffet down the street.
Seriously, try the pizza. An oval disk of pure heaven. Thin, crispy and oh so yummy.
Seating is cozy an the place can get noisy when it's busy, but some people like that highly-energy atmosphere. Go there on the weekends for a early brunch and sip a handmade bloody mary for a unique experience.
I really love going to 715 for lunch, especially now that I work downtown. The $7.15 lunch special makes it a very good lunch for a reasonable price. That was my normal lunch, until one day I ventured out and tried the steak salad one lunch. OMG! It was perfect. I have ordered steak as an entree that wasn't prepared that well, and it was so tender that I didn't even need the knife that the waitress offered. And, it was just the right amount, so I was satisfied with my lunch, but not so full that I just wanted to nap afterward. They put a lot of thought into the whole experience there, and it shows. It's a great place to eat.
I have been to 715 over 20 times. The food has progressed over time and the last 5 meals I have eaten at 715 have been very good. 715 is the best restaurant in Lawrence right now. The pricing is good, the cocktails are the most inspired in Lawrence, the wine list is has bargains if you know much about wine and the food is now hitting the mark. My only complaint at times is the food is under seasoned for Americans. If I'm in Florence, it is seasoned properly but I am in Lawrence, Ks. Food needs salt. The decor is amazing. Once inside, you feel like you could be in a New York restaurant. The service has been outstanding on all of my visits. Keep it up guys and somehow let the public know what exactly you guys are doing at 715. I don't believe the public realizes what Michael is doing in the kitchen and it is quite amazing.
Came in for lunch with some co-workers today. We were all quite impressed. Great attention and knowledge by the staff. Very good food. I ordered one of the pizzas, and all I can say is wow. Excellent crust, maybe a little too heavy on the sauce since it soaked the center of the pie, but very good flavor. I will definitely be back.
This is one of my favorite restaurants, especially for dinner. The pasta is all made in-house and most of their food is local. My favorite dinner last winter was the chestnut ravioli, I was so sad when it went out of season! Their vegetable sides would make anyone into a veggie lover and the sipping chocolate is about the most indulgent thing on the planet! I love the kitchen seating, you can watch your meal being cooked and interact with the kitchen, all the staff is always wonderful and friendly!
I was really looking forward to trying 715. Unfortunately when I did I received poor service and was not at all impressed with the food. Perhaps I made a poor choice from the menu (I had the cheese pizza) but the others that I dined with didn't enjoy their meals either.